23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 15-04-2015 07:05

      Manchester brass band in the swing for a full twisted year


      A Manchester band is preparing to go round the twist as they headline a show inspired by a 1940s side show.

      Twisted Tubes, a 10-piece brass band, is already gathering quite a following around Manchester and attracting fans world-wide.



      The group, which formed at the end of 2013 when they attended the Royal Northern College of Music, recently played Cheltenham Festival where they were the Green Horse Gin Good Time band.

      They were also approached to play in Rio during the football World Cup, and more recently invited out to Dubai to play during the cricket World Cup.

      Closer to home they are headlining a 1940s “side show” extravaganza with the M20 Collective, a community collaborative scheme who help support local projects. As well as chance to promote the band, the show is warm up for a tour which is currently on the drawing board.

      Twisted Tubes percussionist Sam Tunstall said: “It will be a live music night with local bands, but the theme is a kind of freak show-twisted circus theme."

      “It’s aimed more at students. We just want the place to be packed out to get some really good video footage.”

      The group started out on the corporate scene and they covered pop songs which they would write the arrangements for to fit the brass band. Now they are writing their own material, with band member Josh Poole writing the band’s first original piece ‘Werk’.



      The band have come a long way in the short time they have been together.

      Sam said: “We started with the corporate scene – weddings and corporate events – and we were saying yes to any gig, but now we are having to say no to people.”

      Last year the band played at Manchester Pride - a gig that also featured pop sensation Anastasia - and they are booked to play Parklife at Heaton Park and Kendall Calling at the end of July, both for the second year running.

      The band have a very busy year ahead. Sam added: “We are pretty much booked up now until about mid-December. In the whole of December we have about four days off.”

      The boys will also be appearing on tour with Vinnie Jones in May, as well as working on a record which they hope to release later in the year.

      Tickets for the show on April 24 at 1 Primrose Street Manchester are available through the band’s Facebook page, or https://next.fatsoma.com/events/2l8ish51/twisted-tubes. You can also follow the band on Twitter @twistedtubesbb.

      Marielle Osmont